The Holy Spirit

Prompt from Syllabus: Choose an element of Christian doctrine that you find interesting and you want to research and study in more detail. Read passages from the works in the Bibliography and other resources that you have found (consult with the professor on these). Your term paper should describe the doctrinal issue, give pertinent Bible passages that speak to the issue, consider doctrinal formulations from church history where the matter has been debated, and review the positions that have been taken in recent theological literature on the topic. Be sure that you indicate how you would treat this issue personally and what you consider to be the key reasons for your perspective. Remember, this research paper is to be over a particular doctrine rather than an exegesis over a particular passage. Your research is to be beyond the pale of the textbook or class notes.

Be sure that your paper includes a balance between important ideas and information you have learned from reading the theological literature and your own ideas about how to apply these ideas in your own ministry. Conclude your paper with suggestions of how to apply this doctrinal understanding to the practice of your ministry, in a local church, or the field of service into which you are going.

Topic: The Holy Spirit
Textbook used from Class: A Theology for the Church (revised edition) By Daniel L. Akin
An analysis from the Christological perspective of the Trinity (2-3 pages) with a heavy emphasis on the Holy Spirit (9-10 pages).